Robert(Bob) MCQUINN

August 11, 1932 – January 19, 2014

Bob was predeceased by his wife of 50 years Grace (Metcalfe) McQinn in 2005, his parents: Jack and Goldie McQuinn, sisters: Gladys, Pearl, Ila and Dorothy and brothers Howard and Johnny. Bob is survived by his daughter Dawn (Karl), a very special niece who was like a daughter to him and always present to advocate for his needs: Vicki Auerbach, sons Sean (Mary) and Peter (Sharon), grandchildren: Mikhyala, Tessalei, Jessica, Shaun, Mike and Tony, great-grandchildren Bentley and Samantha, sisters Isobelle, Sybil and Rose, and brother Richard, AKA “Brother-Dick”. Bob also leaves to mourn many special family and friends including two high school friends that recently visited him this past summer: Brian Williams and James Jeffery and his live in health care provider of 4 years, Leonor Nacar.

Dad was born into the McQuinn pioneer family of the Comox Valley at St Josephs Hospital on Aug 11-1932 who were known for their contributions and management of the first logging operation in the area.

Bob was a very private person, known for his genuine, gentle, sincere and fair disposition… for the love and passion he bestowed upon his wife and family. He was a jolly, generous, diplomatic, kind and joyful soul to be around who loved to share all kinds of good stories whether they be about logging or the shenanigans that he and little brother Dick would get into when younger. He lived in several logging camps here in BC where he was either a camp owner or manager and retired as the General Manager for Canfor’s coastal logging operation in Vancouver. He considered many of his colleagues to be good friends. He would often say “I just LOVED LOGGING” and his career in general.

More recently, Dad loved a simple and quiet life at home with his family where gardening, orchard harvesting, playing cards, berry picking, visiting with family and friends, walking, sitting or scooting in the sun to take in as many of its warm rays as possible – definitely a sun worshiper. He loved the ocean and our family times having beach dinners at Oyster Bay.

Thank you to all who supported him and his daughter’s family during the final years as he began to struggle with dementia and decreasing physical health. Those kind hearted efforts of reaching out will never be forgotten and will always be cherished, knowing you stood by his side to help him weather that very challenging storm. A heart felt thank-you to Dr. Peter Daniels of Seawatch Medical Clinic, to whom took on the care of our father in a manner that was nothing short of “First Class!”

To say that our Dad, Papa, friend, brother, co-worker and mentor will be missed, is an understatement.

Dad, we love you more than all of the stars in the universe and I for one have lost the other half of my humanly creator and best friend. Life will forever be one of putting your advice into action through only proud and warm memories.

A service for Bob will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Sutton’s Funeral Home Campbell River, 502 South Dogwood Street.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Society or Alzheimer Society.


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